Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists - Going Down To Florida
Franc Robert en de Boxcar Tourists zijn door de wol geverfde bluesmuzikanten. Op het inmiddels zesde album doen de heren waar ze goed in zijn het spelen van de blues. De band uit Florida bewijst op viertien originele nummers haar kwaliteiten.
De band bestaat uit frontman Robert Frank op gitaar en zang, Dave Simmons percussie en backing vocals, Sam Mudd op bas en Joe Sadowski op mondharmonica en backing vocals.
Knap aan de muziek van de heren is dat we echt een band horen waarin de muzikanten elkaar echt versterken en elkaar de ruimte laten. Dit maakt het luisteren naar het album ' Going Down to Florida' bijzonder aangenaam. Mijn favoriete nummers p het album zijn opener ' Going Down to Florida', ' Cheap Cadillac' en
' You' ll Come Home' . Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists laten met hun muziek de zon schijnen.
FRANC ROBERT INTERVIEW
For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Original Delta-tinged blues music
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
Quite good, actually-a lot of people how have heard it say that I've grown and matured musically, which is certainly a compliment. I guess it also means that I have finally developed my own style, something that's really really hard to do!
What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?
Oh jeez! I want to say Eric Clapton's Slowhand, but it may have been a BB King record too-I still have all those LPs, but I've got to fix my turntable!
What inspires you to do what you do?
My inner muse-I actually have 2 inner muses, the one that coaxes my into creating visual art ( I'm becoming known also for my classic car illustrations) which is a kind, soothing voice, and my inner musical muse, which is screaming at the top of lungs "PLAY BROTHER, PLAY!!!"
How would you describe your perfect day?
Feeling like I've accomplished something-either a really good gig, write/record songs, making/building something, creating art-any day that I've created or made something good!
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Veeerrrryyyy busy! Besides playing lots of gigs, I'm also heading to Memphis TN for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in January, 2016... some more festivals to play stateside, and start working on another CD... even planning another summer tour...
What should people know about you?
To quote Popeye The Sailor "I am who I am"... I don't sound like nobody but myself, and I'm not going to try to copy another's style. I'm sure you can hear certain cats in my playing and singing, but I'm sure not trying to be like them. If I play another person's song, I'm going to put my own spin to it, and not slavishly copy it-if someone wants a slavish copy, then I suggest cranking up your turntable...
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
Touring! I don't want to be a total road dog, but I certainly want to get out there and go places! I love traveling and meeting new people, seeing new places, doing new things-with my music, hopefully I can get to do more of this in the future!
What is the main goal you wish to achieve through your music, and what do you hope people get out of your music?
Hopefully, I can make people feel what I feel when I play my music, whether it's to laugh or cry, quiet or loud, grooving or meditative... that I can put a smile on someone's face, to help them forget about their lives for while, maybe to help them see things in a different light
True or false: “Music is my first love”.
Art is my first love, Music is my true love.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
Thanks for listening to me, and I hope I can get to play for you, the reader, sometime in the near future!